Southampton are not thought to be prioritising attacking signings this month despite their reported interest in QPR winger Bright Osayi-Samuel, according to Sky Sports journalist Lyall Thomas.
It was yesterday reported by Football Insider that Saints are keen on a move for Osayi-Samuel following his impressive displays for the Rs this campaign, but it has now emerged that the top-flight side are not placing their focus on adding new attackers.
It is understood Southampton are rather looking at full-backs to add to their ranks ahead of the second half of the campaign, with this meaning Osayi-Samuel now looks set to remain in West London ahead of QPR’s potential play-off push this term.
Not in the market for forwarde this month. They want full-backs, if anything. https://t.co/qp6108pRKm
— Lyall Thomas (@SkySportsLyall) January 21, 2020
Mark Warburton’s side are currently sitting 14th in the Championship table following a mixed season so far, but the likes of Osayi-Samuel, Ebere Eze and Nahki Wells have helped the Rs towards registering the second-best goalscoring record this term.
It was initially thought that Osayi-Samuel’s electric displays had particularly caught the attention of the St Mary’s outfit, but these reports have now been deemed wide of the mark with Southampton said to be largely focusing on other areas.
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This development will come as a major relief to QPR fans who would have been fearing the worst following Osayi-Samuel’s fine form this campaign, and it now appears as though the 22-year-old will play a key role in the Rs’ second half of the season.
However, the fact Southampton are not actively pursuing attackers this month does not mean they are not interested in Osayi-Samuel, and it might well be the case that the Premier League side re-visit their reported interest over the summer.
Therefore, QPR must act on this warning by attempting to tie Osayi-Samuel to a fresh contract at the club in order to increase his transfer value in the future, as the West London side will want a significant fee for the attacker if he is to eventually leave.